Stephen King Says He’ll Help Bookshop Owner Who Lost Rare Collection in a Flood

By January 22, 2018Bookshops, News
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A bookshop owner named Gerald Winters who runs a bookshop in Bangor, Maine was devastated when a burst pipe caused a flood which destroyed over 2,000 books, some of which were rare first editions and included several of King’s original typed manuscripts, including Dolan’s Cadillac and The Eyes of the Dragon. The damage has cost Winters thousands of dollars worth of rare books, not to mention the cost of repairing the store. Luckily, help is at hand.

As PressHerald reports, Stephen King has stated that, as a book lover, he was “horrified” to hear about Winters’ loss and intends to do whatever he can to try and help Winters recover his losses. Winters has spent the past 20 years collecting rare King books along with other notable books such as signed Tolkien editions and signed copies of George R.R. Martin’s books. He opened his store, Gerald Winters & Son, in King’s hometown of Maine in 2016.

As Winters said: “You can’t replace this stuff,” but it looks like King’s help may go a long way in helping Winters rebuild his collection. No doubt King will call in a few favours and have some more rare items make their way to Winters.

British Bookshop Owner Raffles Off Business

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Paul Morris, owner of the Bookends Bookshop in Cardigan, West Wales has come up with a ‘novel’ way to sell his business, by raffling it off to his customers. The bookshop owner Paul Morris, and his wife Leila are saying goodbye to the Bookends Bookshop after running it for the last four years and they want to give someone else a chance by raffling it off to their customers.

Anyone who visits the Bookends Bookstore in Cardigan between now and the end of August and spends £20 or more will have their name put into Paul’s famous top hat (Paul is a big fan of the Steampunk genre), and in September one lucky winner will be drawn to win the entire lot!
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Children’s Bookshop in London Selling books for only £1

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A children’s bookshop in Islington, London is selling children’s books for only £1 in order to encourage children to discover a love of reading. Called Children’s Books, the business has been run for the past five years by Mark Dunford in Chadwell Street, Islington, London.

Property owned in the heart of Islington could easily be rented out for a steep price, but Mark is more interested in bringing the community together over a love of books. “I’m a property developer and I own this shop, and the one next door,” said Mark. The one next door used to be the bookshop, but the fella retired. I moved it to its current unit five years ago.
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Harrogate Bookshop Has ‘Worst Day’ and Bibliophiles Come to the Rescue

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An independent bookseller in Harrogate tweeted out about her worst day ever of sales in sheer desperation and bibliophiles have flocked to support the shop, inundating her with orders.

Georgia Duffy who owns the ImaginedThings bookshop in Harrogate tweeted that the bookshop had had its worst day ever, taking just £12.34 on Monday, but the tweet garnered support like she could never have imagined.
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Care About Independent Bookshops? Consider Supporting October Books!

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Online shopping may be very convenient, but the rise in digital stores has meant that even large chains are struggling to keep their brick and mortar stores open. While many shops have had to sell up, others have managed to thrive thanks to the support of their local community. If you’re loathe to see another book store close, one that’s independent no less, then we urge you to consider supporting a crowdfunding effort put together by October Books, a small, independent, not-for-profit co-operative shop in the UK that needs YOUR help! Read More

First Ever ‘Trust’ Bookstore Opens in Dubai

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A pop-up bookshop called Book Hero is claiming a first in Dubai, as the first ever ‘trust’ bookshop. The unmanned store puts trust in the fact that those who love books do not steal and therefore the bookshop will be unmanned with no support staff.

The pop up bookstore at Marina Walk, Dubai is a must for visitors to the city and will be there until the end of May. Sadly there are no staff to help if you need assistance, and that’s because the whole concept runs on public trust.

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